District 5950 Rotarians in Action
the 2024 Rotary District 5950 Conference —
held at the iconic Minnesota State Fair on August 24, 2024!
This year's conference will be unlike any other —
it's an extraordinary blend of fellowship, fun, and the Rotary spirit of service,
all set against the backdrop of the Great Minnesota Get Together. 

Bring the whole family for fun, fellowship, and a Rotary first at the Minnesota State Fair. Your ticket gets you:

State Fair entry ticket with full access to everything the Fair has to offer!
Exclusive access to the private Rotary Oasis at Horton Pavilion in Hefron Park — the only guaranteed seat at the State Fair!
Wave your Rotary pride for all to see and cheer on Rotary Club presidents as they march in the State Fair Parade!
Rotary Treasure Hunt: Engage in a bit of friendly competition with a Rotary-exclusive treasure hunt across the fairgrounds.
Done-in-a-Day Service Project: Make an impact with our Waste Audit service project, embodying the Rotary commitment to community.
Swag Galore: Fill your goody bag to the brim with a selection of exclusive Rotary-on-a-Stick swag, including t-shirts, Viking hats, paper fans, and more!

Don't miss the Early Bird Special of just $40 per person! Register now!

Rotary Club of Brooklyn Park members Kevin and Jennifer Weist want to help our District honor the memory of Brooklyn Park Rotarian and friend Eldon Tessman. To do this, they have generously offered a matching gift challenge. Any gift to The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Fund starting on April 24, 2024 (the beginning of World Immunization Week), through June 30, 2024 (the end of the current Rotary Year), will be matched by them, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 in contributions. To give electronically, please click here: https://www.rotary.org/donate.  Together, Rotary and our project partners will end polio!
The District 5950 Foundation is offering a $30,000 scholarship to a qualified individual who wants to pursue a Master's-level program outside the United States.  Their study would begin in the fall of 2025 and must be concentrated in any one of Rotary's Seven Areas of Focus.  (More Information) 
Please note there are a couple of limitations.   Potential candidates must live within District 5950 (roughly Minneapolis, surrounding suburbs, and outstate communities to the west and northwest).  
Also, candidates, per IRS rules, may not be a Rotarian or the spouse, child, or grandchild of a Rotarian .Give some thought to your networks of extended family and friends.  Please pass this brochure along to any individuals who might be interested in this opportunity.    
For More information, please contact Brad Johnson Global Grant Scholarship Chair
In February, I traveled to Colombia with the Rotary EClub of Global Travelers (I am associate member of this club) to check on the progress of a $95,000 global grant project (a collaboration including 15 sponsoring Rotary clubs, 3 districts and Rotary International).  Twenty-eight Rotarians/family members from AK, CA, FL, IA, IL, KS, MN, PA, VA, and Canada travelled to and learned about the culture and history of Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena.

The group met up in Bogota, the capitol and largest city in Colombia. We toured a market and sampled local fruits, vegetables, and other products, took a walking tour of the old colonial part of the city (including a stop at the Gold Museum), and rode a cable car to the top of Monserrate Mountain. The Rotary District 4281 governor-elect, her husband, and several other Bogota Rotarians met with us and we all shared information about our clubs and districts.in and Cartagena, Colombia, in addition to seeing the progress of the project. 
The Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub (EcoClub) collaborated with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) to purchase and install solar panels for 2 new Habitat homes in North Minneapolis.  Funding for the project included contributions from 15 other Rotary clubs and district grant funds from Rotary District 5950.  The total project cost was $52,500.  Rotary is providing $21,500 funds and Habitat will receive a federal tax rebate and City of Minneapolis Green Cost Share grant to pay for most of the remaining balance.
The solar panels were installed the end of February and the final interconnection and activation with Xcel Energy occurred the last week in March.  Five Rotarians were there for the first day of installation and available to assist where needed.  Due to insurance and liability reasons, there was not much they could do other than buy lunch for the crew and our partners with Habitat and Apadana Solar.  The EcoClub is volunteering for a Habitat home build at Harrison Townhomes in Near North Minneapolis on April 25.  Members of the 15 Rotary clubs that participated in funding have been invited to participate in the Habitat home build.
Rotary International News
Rotary continues to support Turkey as it rebuilds from earthquake

More than US$4 million funds water, education, agriculture supplies, and equipment for affected communities

An innovator with impact

Rotary’s latest alumni award honoree, Gaetano Scamarcio, pursues scientific and societal progress

Arbor daze: The therapeutic benefits of forest bathing

Awash in woodland wonder, a skeptical writer acknowledges the therapeutic benefits of forest bathing.

The playmaker

As an avid sports fan, President Stephanie Urchick is well-positioned to light the lamp, clear the bases, and split the uprights. Whatever the sports metaphor, she’s destined to keep Rotary in the winner’s circle

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